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Philip Catherine, guitar
Bert Van den Brink, piano
Nicola Andrioli, piano
Bert Joris, trumpet
Philippe Aerts, double bass
Nicolas Fiszman, electric bass and guitar
Antoine Pierre, drums
Gerry Brown, drums
Philip Catherine will celebrate his 75th birthday in October. For this occasion
Warner prepares a special 5-CD Box: the long awaited re-release of his early vinyl records 'September Man' and 'Guitars', the albums 'Babel' and 'End of August', completed with an unedited solo recording by Radio Bremen of 1979. Release November 24.
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Philip Catherine has been on the forefront of the European jazz scene since the sixties. His work great artists like Chet Baker, NHOP, Stéphane Grappelli, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Larry Coryell, Tom Harrell, his unique approach and sound, his dedication to music have been important and influential. Philip Catherine has played in the most prestigious concert halls, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Carnegie Hall, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to the Olympia and Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels. But he still loves to play in jazz clubs occasionally because of the proximity with the audience.
Philip Catherine has received many awards, among others the "BIRD" Prize (1990), together with Stan Getz, at the North Sea Festival, the “Django D’Or” (1998) in Paris for ‘Best European Jazz Artist’, the ZAMU ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ (2001) and ‘Best Musician’ (2002). In 2002 he received the title “Maestro Honoris Causa” from the Antwerp Conservatory (title which has been given previous years to reputed artists like Jos van Immerseel, Sigiswald Kuijken and Toots Thielemans). In May 2016 he received the award 'Best International Guitarist' at the 'ECHO JAZZ AWARDS 2016' in Hamburg/Germany.
Philip Catherine continues relentlessly and open-minded his search for renewal and perfection. The formulas with which he performs give him the rhythmic support and freedom to unfold his wide palette of musical styles, from that irresistible groovy rock sound to the broad lyrical phrases of which he is a master.
‘Downbeat’ : « He is one of the most accomplished and rewarding guitarists now playing jazz. »
‘Le Monde’ : « Philip Catherine is one of the last ‘romantics’ in jazz. Philip Catherine doesn’t play music: he ís music. A lyricism that hits the unconscience. Music, music, sometimes with an air of simplicity that makes you believe nothing is easier than observe a photon in it’s course. Great art. » (Francis Marmande)